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Point Break - Altitude Problem
After the shoot out at the airport they jump on the plane and fly to Mexico under the radar detection height. Swayze tells the pilot to fly to 4,000 feet in order for his injured mate to have a safe jumping height out of the aircraft. swayze pushes him out and then jumps out himself followed by Utah. They seem to free fall for a long time and that 4,000 feet turned out to be a very long way down. It was obvious that they jumped from a much greater height.
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Contributed By: taff on 01-12-2001 and Reviewed By: Webmaster
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IFlyMe writes:
Taff is right. I am a recreational skydiver with about 1000 jumps and even assuming that they did open as low as they insinuate in the movie (though no sane jumper would) they would have a maximum of about 25 seconds of freefall not the 4 minutes they seem to have in the movie. But then again, in real life you can't hear others talk in freefall or leave a plane thirty second after someone else and catch them in freefall or jump without a parachute and hang on to someone else while they deploy... Point Break, Drop Zone, Terminal Velocity and a couple of other notable movies all perpetuate inaccuracies about skydiving (impossibly long freefalls, talking in freefall, holding on to another jumper after jumping without a parachute, et al) but Point Break always surprised me in that Swayze is a licensed jumper and knows better. I know that we are forced to suspend disbelief for more blatant violations of reality all the time in the movies so I yield on these and wonder if I am getting a taste of how CIA operatives feel when they watch 007 movies. IFlyme - "Remember, the sky is not the limit ... the ground is."
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Froggylad writes:
Math, just watch the film for what it is and stop criticising it!
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Jade writes:
Would it have made a better movie if they had just splattered on the ground? That's what would've happened if they had not extended the scene.
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